Dallas McCarver, a world famous bodybuilder who rose to national prominence in 2011, tragically died this week after choking on food at his Florida home.
He was 26 years old.
Standing at 6’1” tall and weighing close to 300 pounds, McCarver finished first in the NPC Hub City Fitness Quest Junior Heavyweight category six years ago.
A member of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, McCarver was known as "Big Country" and had over 472,000 Instagram followers at the time of his passing.
According to McCarver’s girlfriend, the bodybuilder's tragic passing occurred not long after the two had what would be their final conversation.
WWE Superstar Dana Brooke says that he was found unconscious last night by a friend at his home shortly after they spoke via phone.
Brooke tells TMZ that McCarver told her he was about to make some dinner and that the final thing he said to her was:
"I love you. Goodbye."
Brooke explains to the celebrity gossip site that McCarver died after choking on food.
She also says that there does not appear to be signs of foul play, and that there’s no indication McCarver was trying to harm himself.
He was in the gym working out just a few hours before the incident took place.
Tweeted RXMuscle.com in response to the sad news:
"We are shocked and saddened by this and pass our immediate thoughts and condolences to Dallas McCarver's family and loved ones."
He was considered one of his sport's brightest and youngest stars.
Just last year, McCarver placed eighth in the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition.
In March of this year, McCarver collapsed on stage at the 2017 Arnold Classic Australia, alarming fans.
There were no signs afterward of any long-term or significant health problems, however.
We don't believe this fall played any role in his death.
We send our condolences to the family members, friends and loved ones of Dallas McCarver and we'll update this story with more news at it breaks.
May he rest in peace.